Academic Libraries Should Ditch Library Fines

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I've been pleased watching librarians and others push back this week against Greta Van Susteren's half-hearted slow boil over rising tuition costs. Response for the greatest part was firm and well-meaning. As many have already stated, beating back rising tuition has little to do with any library's physical construction. Benefactors are more likely to fund construction of academic libraries than contribute toward year-over-year electronic database and journal subscriptions -- the very stuff Ms. Van Susteren says we have on our smartphones. As others are right to point out, many students lack those smart phones. This wasn't a match of equals. Librarians win.

But this week I also finished reading Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and...